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    November 5, 2012
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>> eliot: good evening i'm eliot spitzer, and this is "viewpoint." i'm coming to you tonight from the current tv studios in san francisco where tomorrow night i'll part of the current team coveraging election day 2012. we'll be live starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern time, 5:00 p.m. pacific with vice president.vice president al gore governor jennifer granholm and john fugelsang. but first with hours before the decision of president obama president obama is re-elected or mitt romney comes the president of the united states.
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>> rome campaigned in florida and ohio and new hampshire and announced plans for ohio tomorrow. presidential candidate rarely campaign on election day. maybe he's feeling a little anxious. nate silver gives obama an 88% chance for re-election leaving a meager 13% for election for mitt romney. 307 electoral college votes for obama leaving 230 for romney. and looking at the national and swing state polls as aggregated for real clear politics if the election were held today president obama would win the popular vote by a mere
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seven-tenths of an percent. and president obama leads romney by three 3% in ohio. and obama leads rom by 3.4% in iowa and leads romney by 4% in pennsylvania. for more about the presidential race in the final hours they're supposed to get the votes to the poll i'm joining by rolling stone national affairs correspondent tim dickinson and politico investigator reporter ken vogel. let me ask you running around, waving the flag, will any votes be shifted by what happens today? >> probably not, but it will be shifted by the ground game, and the ability for these two campaigns to get out their core
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supporters, that's what a lot of these rallies at the last minute are about. they're going to the key swing states. they're making--they're making a personal appeal, and they're trying to get the activists the super activists and the field pay staff who then have to take that enthusiasm and translate and get it out to people out to the polls on election day, that's what this is all about. >> we're looking for the mythical undecided voter who waits until two days, gee, now i get it, there is a presidential race and now i'll focus. i haven't seen that, but maybe they'll find an undecided voter. there is a twist here with the popular vote being finely divided, polls go back and forth, yet the electoral college margin is very big. this is bizarre the converse of of 2000 when democrats were huge fans of the electoral college and should they be?
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>> this is the way the game is played. and the obama folks have been very good at grinding out wins whether it was in the primaries against hillary clinton, and figuring how to function as a caucus and turn people out and win by the margins that they could. we're seeing that in a sophisticated effort to win in the swing states as they rightly should. but i think it will be unfortunately if the electoral college vote and the popular vote doesn't line up. >> eliot: i think you're right i think maybe there would be a bit in the sense that people would say, it is time to get rid of this electoral college. many people, rightly in my view, that it's a relic of the past of a day when the states really played a bigger role, and it has twisted our politics and the substance. is there any movement, are the republicans beginning to say that we could lose the electoral, and its time to get rid of this thing.
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>> they will raise a raucous should that occur. i think the chances of doing away with the electoral college and going to a popular vote is about as slim as they are to getting rid of the filibuster. it may be from buy gone years of politics but it's tough for get rid of them when you're leaning and relying on the folks who have the power and they're able to exercise power in the case of filibuster, and win power in terms of the electoral college, to do away with them, that's campaign flooding. it's like getting rid of campaign reform. people may wring their hands about the money in politics, but those whose votes are necessary would be to change the system, and it's tough to get politicians to vote against their own interest. >> eliot: you're right getting to the filibuster, it is corrosive to the foreign
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movement, but we'll pick that up on wednesday. and we'll flail away at that useless endeavor. money in politics, ken, am i right, about $1 billion in each campaign. $2 billion total presidential campaign, sounds like a ton of money. has it mattered? has it affected the outcome? >> well, we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see for sure. i think the margins in terms of the parody of money has been remarkable even with all the super pac influx, they've managed to keep on an evening footing and certainly they've had a discount rate at ads and they've been able to put more ads and points on tv than romney and the super pacs combined. this has been a fight to the draw in terms of the money race, and i think we're going to see these ground games in action and it will be a question whether this grind game that the obama folks have been building for four years and the one that the
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koch brothers have tried to hire-- >> you have written some great pieces about the money. sheldon adelson poured gargantuan sums of money. he really didn't get anything back for it. and some how the public does not seem to have responded the koch brothers haven't yet and maybe tomorrow will be the shocker but they haven't won any races they've dumped the money in. is it overrated? >> i would argue that it has had a great effect, just not the effect that the donors expected. they would help drag out the process giving to a super pac against mitt romney and his relationship and time at bain capital. this was something that really hurt mitt romney, with foster
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freeze giving all this money and ultimately left him a weaker candidate so when they rallied to defeat president obama which they said was their overarching goal, it may have been too little too late, and they actually worked against their own self interest. >> eliot: you make a great point. i think the impact he had may not have been the one intended but there was a significant impact. i would point out $2 billion, that sum of money but we found out that consumers in united states spend $7 billion a year on potato chips. >> that is not a huge sum of money in the grand scheme of things. we'll see this in the down tick i think a lot of this money has shifted to the house at this point, and i think there will be an impact, but it may not be at the top of the ticket. >> eliot: time runs short but
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the last question for you how is it you're a journalist one of the most inquisitive journalists out there. how is it that mitt romney made it to the cusp without having to answer the substance of his policies, his budgetary issues, how did that happen? >> you know, i'm--i'm--he never was called to account for the tax issues and i think it sets a really dangerous precedence. i think in the future we'll see a post truss campaigning and paying no price for it. >> eliot: the ability to maintain a distance between the candidate and the substance and reality and arithmetic and the media asking brokenning questions is troublesome with the public having a substantive understanding of what's going on. tim dickinson and ken vogel, as
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always it's great to have you on the program. >> thank you so much. >> we'll talk voter suppression that's ahead on "viewpoint." polling place. make sure that voting is your highest priority on election day. besides, you can always dvr my show. you really cant' dvr the future of the country. to help you make informed decisions, watch current tv's politically direct lineup. only on current tv. so vote and vote smart.
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>> eliot: early voting has begun despite the best efforts to suppress it. that's next. but first a reminder. tune in tomorrow as former vice president al gore leads election coverage. i'll join the vice president as well as governor jennifer
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granholm cenk uygur and john fugelsang. it all starts tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on current tv. media, straight from the campaigns, the pundits, and from viewers like you. with exclusive analysis and commentary from al gore, someone who knows a thing or two about close elections. >> overall, it was a clear win. >> now that's politically direct. >> so keep on tweeting and maybe you'll have your voice be part of this democracy and see your tweets up on our screen. >> eliot: well tomorrow is election day should be a symbol of great democracy where every citizen has a right to cast a vote and may be remembered more for the despicable campaign to suppress the vote. michael shure recently had the opportunity to discuss these disgraceful new voter i.d. laws with two icons of the civil
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rights movement, former chairman julian bond and congressman john lewis. >> all the work that was done here, and the sacrifice that was done here, people who have lost their lives here have not lost it in vain but their victory has been lessened and cheapened by the governors in 30-odd states who introduced these draconian voter right laws. >> i happen to believe that the vote is so precious, almost sacred and it should be simple to vote. >> they have made it more difficult for pleasanter to vote. >> a coalition of conscience must be developed, a national effort to put as much pressure on these states, on the governors, the state legislatures, to say that this will not be tolerated in our society.
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we must create a movement similar to the civil rights movements of the 60s. people must organize mobilize those who must be mobilize, and say this must go. this is the only way that we're going to stop it, and we must stop it. >> eliot: michael shure will join us with more later in the show. but first to talk voter suppression and some of the issues we've seen in the polls congresswoman sheila jackson lee, thank you for joining our show. >> eliot, thank you so much. it's a pleasure to be with you this evening. >> eliot: now, you had a rally today about voter suppression. tell us why, what the issues still are, and where you see this issue. we've seen some successes in the courts, but tell us how this issue has played out over the past several months? >> well, thank goodness we've had some victories and those victories will play out in our election on the final election day, the election day tomorrow,
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november 6th. for example ohio just went to court to insist on these last two days of early vote, saturday and sunday, and i just came back from ohio with my colleague in the congressional caucus, and the emphasis was one vote, one person the vote is precious. the idea of how exciting was to see people ebb able to vote this past saturday and sunday. the point should be made to vote is not to commit fraud. to vote is not to commit a felony. that's what we want to step away from. that's the inference of these laws. i am in a state along with wisconsin, texas and one other state, had the most repressive, if you will, voter i.d. laws. fortunately, we won the battle. here is a message that we had today. a mention was very calm. it was very simple. it said that the right to vote is precious. and we should protect the right to vote.
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when i spoke governor, i was speaking to all of harris county. this is one of the counties that the u.s. department of justice has sent monitors in because we've had a history of intimidation. but i did not want to divide the community in my remarks today. what i said was that every who votes tomorrow should rule. we should not have any instance whether you're disabled, a senior whether you are one who has not voted before, whether you have a language issue nothing should block your right to vote, and i mean that whether you live on the east, west, south, or the north. we must say to america that the right to vote is precious. and as my colleague said we've got to organize around this. we are overwhelmed by blocks to voting. it stops people from voting. it frightens people from voting. we have to keep away from that to keep the ideals of this constitution and what we were founded on is that we were all
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created equal. >> you're so right in your articulation of this. it's a fundamental civil rights issue and it goes to the core of our democracy. over the past several months i don't hesitate was a clear republican effort to supply suppress votes seniors who they viewed to be adverse to their agenda. that effort has failed because the courts have done what the courts have done historically in this nation, they've steppedded in to prevent negative effects to civil rights. another form of suppression the same republican governors not permitting the ballot box to be open, not permitting the resources to be there, which is why we've seen a voting line of seven hours, a mechanical way of keeping people from voting. how do we confront that? >> you know, that is a number
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one, i think civil rights questions for members of congress. the call for bipartisanship, eliot, should really ring loudly. that should be around voting. if i give a person in florida the right to vote, i likewise give a person in red states, blue states and purple states the right to vote. if republicans can come to the acknowledgment that we live under one flag, when soldiers leave, they fight for one flag, one democracy, we can fix these antiquated voting rules or we can get our governors no matter what their party affiliation to recognize the voter rules on that day. you're absolutely right. i've had lines here the last day of early vote there were people in line here in texas and in harris county until 10:30 at night. thank goodness to those voters who felt their vote was important enough to stay there. this is not a way to treat a tax pay be american citizen who is
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blessed by this flag and democracy. we need more financial resources. we need same day registration and the ability to vote on the same day that you register. why should should you be diminished in your right to vote if you're an american citizen who is willing to fight on foreign soil. you paid your taxes. you're committed to this country, and yet there are blocks to you voting? i would argue that we need a complete reform of the election system. we need to be able to ensure that we use technology, online voting. we need to make sure that our machines are accurate. we've had problems with machines losing votes. not allowing people to vote. showing names eliot that are not the names that people voted for. we have come together as democrats with a major election reform bill introduced by our leader the minority whip, which is supported by our leader nancy
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pelosi, and all of our leadership, we seek bipartisan efforts, and the message is that it's an extensive bill that wants to give resources to the state, but more important by it has the premise that voters rule and voters should not be blocked by some form of suppression. >> eliot: wrong woman you're so right. it seems like ancient history when i was governor in new york, we came up with a litany of proposals that tried to make it a bipartisan
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bipartisan. >> eliot: in a race where one presidential candidate is white and the other is african-american, the most decisive block of voters is latino. they have both done out of their way after the voting block it breaks decisively in the president's favor with 73% of
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latino voters saying they plan to vote for president obama versus a mere 24% who say the same for governor romney. if the latino voters turn out tomorrow their impact in swing states, colorado, florida would be a determtive. weighing in is linda sanchez democrat from cal an congresswoman, thank you as always for joining us. >> thank you for having me back. >> so it's hour pleasure to have have--it's our pleasure to have you on the show. you have latinos right in the middle of picking the next president. this is what you predicted look, latino voters are growing. our numbers are growing. the turnout is growing an one of the candidates, president obama, has been very effective as courting the latino vote. explain this. >> we've known for deck kay now that the fastest growing demographic was the latino
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population but they're really poised with having an un unprecedented outcome. there are ten states, swing states that are in place this have large hispanic populations. but even in places that don't have a large hispanic population slight voting shifts will determine who carries those states. right now the bulk of hispanic voters are staunchly supporting president obama. i think they believe him when he says that he's a fighter for working families, and for immigration reform. i think they've seen a lot of very ugly rhetoric on the republican side of the aisle particularly with tee party candidate. and they're very turned off by that message. they're very much supportive of president obama for re-election and democrats in general. >> you know, the prior high watermark in terms of latino support for any candidate was
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president clinton in who got 72%. and if we know this poll is correct, we won't know for a few days if it is, the president will get 73%. not only is he hitting the high watermark, but the percentage of the electorate that is latino has jumped from 5% to 10%. just look at the numbers in florida, 16% of the voting public will be latino. nevada at 15.1%. colorado 15.7%. swing states where you're winning by a margin of 3-1 this can really shift those tightly tightly-fought states. answer for me, why was mitt romney so tone deaf on the issue of immigration? >> well, you know, it's not just mitt romney. it's the republican party really. when they had the tea party waved and most of the moderate republicans were swept out of office because they lost primary elections to these very extreme
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tea party candidate tea party candidates are completely wrong on the issue of immigration and they're amped up with their rhetoric. i think the republican party has a lot of soul searching to do. here in the state of california republican registration has dipped below 30% for the first tame. they're quickly becoming a permanent minority party. they've completely missed the boat on immigration. we're a country of immigrants. the majority of people regardless of their political affiliation think that immigration is good for this country, and it revitalizes this country. mitt romney in that tea party far-right element, he's loseing support rapidly among latino voters. just from 2008 to this election cycle, there are 2.4 million more u.s.-born hispanic who
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credit "v" come of voting age. that's a 26% increase overall in latino voters since the 2008 election. and they fully makeup almost 9% of the electorate nationwide. so they will be in many instance instances, determining what the outcome of these elections will be. >> eliot: look you're right not only on the substance you and i have had this conversation many times prior months on this show and off you're right. on the political level i'm surprised that mitt romney made the decision to run back to the middle, but made it too late in terms of tomorrow's outcome thankfully and on issues like immigration has led the republican party down a dead-end because the california is the perfect case study where it could be fought by either party primarily because of the latino vote is squarely democratic state. i think that's what the future
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holds for the republican party unless they change their ideology on this issue. i am not asking them to change. i'm glad they're going to lose, but i'm surprised they're not smart enough to have this happen. >> i don't question that they're not intelligent, but i think they're so locked into an ideology that it blinds them to a reality. they're not making any progress on the issue and they're losing not just this generation of latino voters, but probably generations of latino voters to come. they haven't figured that out or in the worse-case scenario they figured oh out and they just don't really care. >> eliot: look, you and i both know in politics, nothing is impossible. they can always resuscitate them, but you're right in the foreseeable future they've dug themselves in a very deep hole, and they're still digging which is mystery mystifying to me, but i
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think they'll pay for it tomorrow. congresswoman linda sánchez. thank you. >> thank you so much eliot. >> eliot: bernie sanders joins us next.
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gentlemanit's all over but the time screaming and shouting. two final thoughts. first, amist all the acrimony and fury, let's not forget that some how this process has worked for over 200 years, and the rest of the world has not only watched and marveled, it has imitated and followed. the principles have taken root, and even if i am perfectly.
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the experiment that was doomed to fail 200 years ago is now the model for all. many folks wake up and want to be like us more than any other nation. we're the envy of the world because of the process, flawed as it may often be. we should take pride in there. there were two issues ignored over the campaign. the aurora shooting which so vividly made clear what we must do to reign in the terror of semiautomatic guns with the magazines that are grossly in excess of anything that makes sense. and now the hurricane i highlights the attention we must pay to climate change. each of these issues fell off the radar for unfortunate political reasons, yet we ignore them at our long-term pearl.
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whoever governors starting next january, and i'll still more than quite sure that it will be president obama once again will have to push back against the political voice who is argue we should ignore these critical issues. delay is the enemy of progress. when it comes to each of these crises, things are getting worse, not better. that's my view. issues. don't just vote, vote smart. >> eliot: joining me now on the phone on what the election means is one of our favorite guests independent senator bernie
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sanders of vermont. it is a joy having you on our program. >> good to be with you eliot. >> eliot: now campaigns are about overarching themes even though you don't see it in the the daily give and take, and it should be an metaphor of what government should do and shouldn't do,age i right the public appears to have spoken. we want a government month builds things. we ant a government who helps in the midst of the storm. is this the message out of this campaign? >> well, i think that's very clear that's exactly what the people of this country want. social security is enormously popular. medicare is enormously popular. i think the people of this country understand that we can create millions of jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure. there is great concern since hurricane sandy the impact of global warming and what will be coming down the pike if we do
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not transform our energy system. they want us to be aggressive in that area. i think there is a lot of concern about education, and the fact that there millions of young people paying to go to college and they want government to be there as well to make sure we have the best-educated worse forceworkforce in the world in this economy. what the right wing has been successful about is to suggest that their extreme ideology is what america wants. it doesn't. i think this is true in 50 states in this country. it makes sense to give huge task breaks to millionaires and billionaires who are already doing well, and then to cut back on work families? to answer your question, i think the american people understand especially amidst this recession that government is there to protect us and we all maintain a
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minimummal standard of living. >> the president led us back from this great recession the cataclysm of 2008 and then hurricane sandy, the republicans whined and said it distracted from mitt romney's momentum at the end. it didn't distract. it seemed to me that it became a metaphor because people paid attention to the reality that we need the government, and the issue was no longer who built it but who rebuilt it. the government game in and began that process when we needed it most. that's when people finally paid attention. as you have been arguing so persuasively there isn't a role that government must fill. i would like to pivot to what will take place after the election and in january. are you worried there will be a great push to a grand bargain that does not reflect the values you just articulated. >> absolutely, eliot. i think it's very clear that virtually all of the republicans are going to fight, not only to extend bush's tax breaks for the
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wealthy, will you also but also to lower tax rates for corporations and wealthy individuals. are they going to want to cut social security despite the fact that social security has not contributed one nickel to the deficit and has a $2.7 billion surplus. they're going to want to cut medicare and medicaid and other programs. my fear is there are conservative democrats who will want to go along with that effort. i'll be working with senior groups saying deficit reduction is a serious issue but there are ways we can do it without balancing the budget on the backs of the elderly the children, the sick and the poor, especially when so many people are hurting today. yes, we have got to ask the wealthiest people and rogerrest corporations in this country to pay their fair share of taxes an end this absurd tax policy that is costing $150 billion every year because wealthy and large
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corporations are stashing their money, and yes we have to take a hard look at military spending and other government agencies where there is a lot of excessive spending and there is waste. bottom line is this, this will be a huge struggle. there will be those people who will want to go after working families, they want austerity for the middle class and they want more tax breaks for the rich. i and other members of congress will fight very hard against that approach. >> yes very quickly senator you touched on the issue that perhaps is the most important one, which is wage stagnation for middle class workers. that is something that we must address. it's been in stagnation for 30 years. that has really debilitated the middle class and sapping the wealth of the middle class. give us one thing that we need to do to give middle class wage earners so that wages can keep up. >> the no-brainer is we can create millions of good-paying
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jobs by rebuilding our crumbel becrumbelling infrastructure, move away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy and take a hard look at our trade policies which have cost us millions of decent jobs. >> eliot: senator from vermont as always it's great to have your insight thes on the show and i would move to vermont to vote for you if ever your election was in doubt. >> thank you sir. >> eliot: jennifer granholm and michael shure here to tell us what is coming up tomorrow. that up next. >> now that's politically direct. >> so keep on tweeting and maybe you'll have your voice be part of this democracy and see your tweets up on our screen.
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>> eliot: polls of the popular vote have been fun to watch, but as of tomorrow night only one number matters 270 the number of electoral votes needed to secure the presidency. some have found a way to put president obama well over 270 there is always an outlier jim cramer predicted that the president would win with 240 electoral votes. it seems that in the just the money has gone mad at mnbc joining me now is current's own request jennifer granholm, host of the war room and political analyst michael shure. explain to me this gaping disparity, 270-340 how do you
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see it playing out. show us on the big map. >> as much as i would love to see him getting 440, i don't see it in texas and missouri, places where the president won't win tomorrow. but the way the president can win is quite simple. new hampshire, a tight state but one he's up in the polls. virginia ohio, we're 272 and we haven't gone west of ohio. the ways he can do it are far more plentiful than the ways that mitt romney can do it. you go back to mitt romney here. he would have to win and he is campaigning in the very important state of pennsylvania right here. he's campaigning there because if he doesn't win ohio, he'll have to win pennsylvania. let's give him pennsylvania just for fun because we're not going to give him ohio. we'll give him virginia, north carolina, florida, and new hampshire, we're giving that to the president. we're going it give--
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>> eliot: you're going color blind. >> i was. mitt romney now at 272. this is the path to victory. so unlikely when you look at these polls. he's in a last-ditch desperation effort in pennsylvania. it's close to ohio, but it must mean that the people in the romney camp think they do in the have a hold in ohio. >> eliot: did david say he's going to shave his mustache if they win? >> yes, but i won't say anything about my beard. >> eliot: those ballots are piling up somewhere. when are they counted and when do we find out. we know they're paper ballots are they counting as they come in? waiting for tomorrow night? and when will we mean in states like ohio with a big voting contingent when we'll get a result. >> that's a great question. they're counted only by party
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affiliation and by people in some states how they voted in previous primaries. you cannot count a vote, open a ballot count the vote until election day in any of the 50 states. they are in most states the first ballots counted on election day. but the numbers you're seeing now are numbers by party. you will a see that we have democrats and republicans in one state. it's only by party. that's how it works. they're not counted until election day but they're the first ballots counted. >> jennifer: let's talk about your path to victory. we have a different approach, and eliot, i would like to know your perspective. my path is i would give the president all the states except for north carolina and florida. that gets him to 303 i believe.
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and then--do you disagree? >> i agree with that. i'm putting it up here on the map so we get your math right and there's your 303. >> eliot: that's a neat number. i agree, i don't know if it's 303, but i don't think the president gets north carolina, but i think he gets virginia by a tiny hair. i also think that he gets ohio and pennsylvania, and then some smattering of the others. that's why i think mitt romney's path has been foreclosed. i think mitt romney's campaign the death nail was the hem line was let detroit go bankrupt. do i remember that? >> jennifer: i do. >> eliot: i remember that along the way and then also immigration policies that push away the votes in a couple of those states which he might otherwise had a persuasive argument. michael, you've been talking about the senate races. you think you've defined how the senate will go next january. >> yes, i do. i think the race with tammy
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baldwin and tommy thompson, tammy baldwin is representative as congresswoman, that's going to be a very tight race. the race in montana where jon tester has been fighting an uphill fight in that state which is largey republican, and then nevada, going against the appointed senator dean heller there. those races are going to give the democrats if they're able to win any of them. i think they'll hold on to jon tester's seat. i think tammy baldwin will win and i have doubts of how it will go in nevada. 22 seats really when you add the independents or the 23 seats when you add the independents were available were vulnerable, open or contested yes this year the democrats have been able to hold that off and at the very least i think we'll maintain the 53-47 because i think king in maine who will win as an independent will actually be caucusing with the democrats. all they can do is better than
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where they are right now. i think that's terrific. >> jennifer: michael i would put heidi hyde's tamper in north dakota. i think the democrats will have about 55 seats in the senate. i also say that elizabeth warren i think she'll win. >> eliot: jennifer and i we knew her when she was an a.g. a number years back. spectacular campaign and wonderful individual. when she began her race a year or so ago she called me and said nobody thinks i can win. i'm the only one in the entire state who thinks i can win. she may pull this out. that would be a great up seat of the season. >> it would be a huge upset. when barren said he would give up that seat, and in new mexico, when they said he was going to give up his seat, they saw ripe areas, and then nebraska where they closed the gap two and three points. >> jennifer: what is that number? that would be amazing. >> eliot: bob kerry on an
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airplane a month or so ago, and he was saying i'm going to close this one. i looked at him accidentcally and said okay, it's a long plane ride, i'm not going to disagree with you. great guy. he would be an amazing upset. >> it's your show you about i want to ask you and jennifer a question i'm lucky enough to be talking to two people who have been elections before. what is going on in the minds of the candidate specifically the two of you but also what you imagine the president and governor romney would be thinking right now as it winds down, what they're doing right now. do they have a realistic impression of how it's going to come out? >> i think that--i think that some of the body language tells you that they have a realistic idea. i think the president is energy "ienergized. mitt romney has looked a little bit tired. you cannot convey that in anyway shape or form. he has added some desperation events tomorrow, including in pennsylvania which shows you
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he's trying everything he possibly can to pull it out. i think they're counting down the hours. an on election day you know how that is, eliot. you just--there is a moment where you're going oh to have a few hours to yourself, where you're not going to be campaigning, and all you might want to do is sleep. >> eliot: it is exhaustion. you're running on adrenaline and vapors. every campaign, whether you're winning by 20 or it's neck and neck or you're down by 20, you're completely spent. this is a public and very difficult trying process for any candidate, energizing, and the adrenaline is unbelievable. having said that, it's as exhausting as anything one can possibly imagine. you never lost, so you don't know what it feels like. >> jennifer: tell us, what does it feel like. >> eliot: i never said i had. [ laughing ] >> eliot: i did. i lost my first race. but you know it is humbleing, but it's still the process is amazing. win or lose, participating in this--i hate to sound like a civics class but it is an
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unbelievable process to participate in. and i wouldn't wish losing on anybody, but it is just amazing. >> jennifer: it is amazing. >> eliot: that is it tonight. host of the war room here on current tv, jennifer granholm and "the young turks," michael shure. that's "viewpoint" for tonight. tune in tomorrow for election day coverage. al gore, jennifer granholm, cenk uygur and john fugelsang. we'll cover your comments on twitter, tune in to us tomorrow at8:00 p.m. eastern. have a great evening. until tomorrow. >> joy: it's my last before election day and i don't want to say this was
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